Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook (Chair) is Adjunct with the Institute for Global Development of the University of New South Wales, Australia and formerly Director of the Institute. From 2015 to 2019, she was Director of UNICEF’s Office of Research, Innocenti and, from 2009 to 2015, Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. She was previously a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and has also worked for the Ford Foundation in China. Dr. Cook received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in Social Policy in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics. Her research has focused in particular on China's social and economic transformations, including work on labour markets and employment, gender, poverty and inequality and social welfare reforms. Recent projects have included a long-term study on social protection in Asia, research on migration and health in China and work on the implications of China’s rise for international development. Current interests include new directions in social policy being taken by emerging and developing countries in the context of financial, social and environmental crisis.

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